What you need to know about Malana village - The people in Malana consider themselves to be superior (bluntly put). These lands were where Alexander The Great and his armies came, and these people consider themselves to be the descendants of the same. So be careful of these few things -
1. Don't touch any Malana native (even if you find a cute kid and want to pull his cheeks)
2. Don't touch their temple walls (their temples have their deity, who passes all the laws that the Malana people abide by) - there are heavy fines if you do
3. Don't enter the shops unless you're invited in. They will not make direct contact with you. They will leave what you want to buy on the floor, and you can pick it up from there, they won't hand it to you.
Current situation in Malana
Malana is a dirty place. All tourists (like you and me) have littered everywhere and all along the trail leading up to Malana, you can find trash on both sides.
We have literally trashed one of the most beautiful places in India.
This is one of the reasons why the deity ordered to close Malana to all tourists.
Cannabis trade has defamed the village, which also invoked a complete photography ban to stop the portrayal of the village as a narco-capital.
Quoting from an article in the Hindustan times -
"The deity’s diktat came on the heels of a meeting of the village’s own ’parliament’ which concluded that outsiders thronging their village were a threat to their culture. The ‘parliament’ comprises an upper house called Jayeshthang and a lower house called Kanishthang. Villagers invoked Jamlu after the ‘parliament’ met.
Villagers in Malana invoke Jamlu through a chosen medium – in this case an oracle, who then conveys to them what the deity ‘said.’ Devotes believe Jamlu responds to all kinds of queries.
“The deity did not want any of the villagers to rent out their property for running guest houses and restaurants. He has forbidden everyone from doing this, and those violating his orders will have to bear the brunt of his curse.”"
What You Can Do Now - What I would suggest you do, is to come till Jari, and take a cab to Malana early in the day (before 12 noon)
Walk to the village, and enjoy it's beauty. Keep going towards the top of the village, and you will find less locals, less tourists, and more open spaces from where you can take in the glory of the Himalayas.